With Monday 19th July signifying a a lifting of many of the covid-19 restrictions in the UK, it’s understandably an anxious time for many.
Here is a summary of currently what rules are changing from Monday, taken from Simple Politics :
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However to add to this if you are travelling in to London on London Transport (including bus, train and overground), you will continue to have to wear masks , it will be a condition of travel. Simple Politics is a great resource for the most up to date political news, which is presented in a accessible way. They update every time the rules and guidance changes.
Brighton and Hove
For an update on statistics locally, information on booking a PCR test, vaccinations, support and help relating to Covid-19 , the council’s website is the best resource for this.
Tips for navigating this time:
We have compiled a list of tips for navigating this time of change, and how best to keep yourself and others safe.
- Continue to wear a face mask if you can, to protect yourself and others. Especially indoors and in crowded spaces.
- Use hand sanitiser and wash your hands when you get home, arrive at work, get to a restaurants etc.
- Making sure if you are meeting people inside the room is well ventilated.
- Discuss with friends and family / work what you feel comfortable doing before restrictions lift.
- Book a PCR test if you have symptoms
- Age 18- 29 in Brighton and Hove? Get a free asymptomatic PCR test! Brighton Council have set up mobile testing units around the city centre and are asking everyone aged 18-29 to come forward to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Further information on their website.
- If possible, choose quieter times to go food shopping, go to post office etc
- Regular lateral flow tests, it is recommended you test twice a week. You can currently order tests online for free or collect from many local pharmacies .
- Stay connected to friends and family and support groups online, if you don’t want to meet in person yet, zoom is great for this.
- Headspace are offering some free meditations around covid-19 anxiety, which may be useful as restrictions lift.
- Speak to your GP – Your GP is there to support you with your mental health. If you’re nervous about speaking to them, read more information about talking to your GP about your mental health.
- Call the Anxiety UK helpline to speak to someone – 08444 775774 (open 9.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday)
- Call the Mind Infoline on 0300 123 3393 or email Mind
- Visit the NHS mental health information hub
All information is correct at the time of publishing this blog post 14/07/21. Please note the government guidelines do keep changing, so we would recommend checking their website, for current guidance.